|PEORIA, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) and Illinois High School Association (IHSA) today announced a partnership designed to educate high school students on the importance of safe driving with the safety themes: Seat Belt Use, Speed Kills and Alcohol and High School Athletics Don’t Mix. The safety enforcement and education initiative will begin in March and continue throughout the year at all IHSA basketball, football, softball, volleyball, and wrestling events. |
"Although our partnership with the IHSA begins with March Madness, we will continue the teen driving safety effort at all major regional, sectional and state final events," said ISP Director Larry G. Trent. "By partnering with the IHSA, we will reach more teens than ever before with important safety messages that could ultimately save their lives – always wear your seat belt, obey all posted speed limits, and remember, if you’re under the age of 21, it is illegal to consume alcohol."
During 2004, 135 teens were killed, and 2,694 drivers under the age of 21 were suspended for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than .00 percent or for refusing to submit to chemical testing. The Illinois State Police is committed to reducing teen traffic fatalities, injuries, and crashes. Director Trent believes the partnership announced today will greatly enhance our endeavors in obtaining these goals. Troopers will be very visible enforcing these important safety statues during the upcoming tournament times, as well as providing educational information through safety booths at the designated tournament locations.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with the Illinois State Police on this very important educational initiative. By assisting in this project, we believe we can help young people lead safer and healthier lives" said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman.
The Illinois State Police and the IHSA partnering for your safety!